Transparency is no going back on the Brazilian environmental policyFriday December 9th, 2016
Data released recently by the Ministry of the Environment are in accordance with the law; Mato Grosso and Pará now provide information on the properties and owners for nearly a decade.
The controversial false can not stop the way of transparency in the implementation of the Forest Code in Brazil. The legislation makes it clear that secrecy is not on the data stated in the Rural Environmental Registry, available on the Internet by the Brazilian Forest Service. Proof of this is that the state of Pará, for example, has since 2008 disclosing information on rural properties, including the property name and social security number of the owner, without the policy has been suspended by the courts. Rondônia also provides transparency of data and, until recently, Mato Grosso also did.
The Center’s Forest Code (OCF), coalition of 25 civil society organizations, have repeatedly expressed that transparency of data CAR is fundamental to the application of the Brazilian environmental legislation. The OCF not only believes that the disclosure of the data by the Ministry of the Environment on November 29 is an important step, but also that the range of disclosed information should be extended in accordance with the Access to Information Act (in 12,527 / 11).
Organizations that are part of the Center’s Forest Code understand that transparency should not be considered as an instrument geared primarily to punish the farmers. It must be seen as a key factor to recognize and reward those who respect the law, conserving forests and springs and responsibly using natural resources.
Proof of this is the recognition by the agricultural commodities market, the importance of transparency in the Rural Environmental Registry data. In a report signed by Claudio Angelo, the Climate Observatory (OC), representatives of JBS and McDonald’s pointed out that for an industry that seeks to monitor the adequacy of its suppliers to the laws and principles of sustainability, ensure that information on the properties are available to society is fundamental.
“Radical Transparency is key. Not because JBS wants or civil society wants, but because the consumer wants. It is inevitable more transparency. CAR evolve as evolved was key, “said Marcio Nappo, the JBS Sustainability Board. Leonardo Lima, representative of McDonald’s, also advocated the opening of rural properties data by the Ministry of Environment. The two directors spoke at an event in Sao Paulo, on Wednesday (7/12). The full text of the CB report can be accessed on the link http: //www.observatoriodoclima.eco.br/jbs-e-mcdonalds-defendem-car-trans …
The Federal Ministry also makes clear the legality of disclosure of the Rural Environmental Registry data. In a recent interview with Rural Channel, the District Attorney Daniel Azeredo was adamant to point out that the confidentiality, constitucionamente planned, should be applied only to information that threaten the security of society and of the State or that expose the intimacy and privacy.
“The limit of the property, the presence of forests, permanent preservation area, all this is of public interest and need to be told to everyone, including the CPF owner”, summarized Daniel Azeredo. “The general law of transparency is very clear and does not give confidence to this kind of information,” added the prosecutor. The Rural Channel report in its entirety can be accessed on the link http: //www.canalrural.com.br/noticias/rural-noticias/ministerio-publico -…